APEC Seminar (Astronomy - Particle Physics - Experimental Physics - Cosmology)

Speaker: Kyohei Mukaida (DESY)
Title: Baryogenesis from axion inflation
Date: Wed, Jun 19, 2019, 13:30 - 14:30
Place: Seminar Room A
Abstract: The coupling of an axion-like particle driving inflation to the Standard Model particle content through a Chern-Simons term generically sources a dual production of massless helical gauge fields and chiral fermions. We demonstrate that the interplay of these two components results in a highly predictive baryogenesis model, which requires no further ingredients beyond the Standard Model. If the helicity stored in the hyper magnetic field and the effective chemical potential induced by the chiral fermion production are large enough to avoid magnetic diffusion from the thermal plasma but small enough to sufficiently delay the chiral plasma instability, then the non-vanishing helicity survives until the electroweak phase transition and sources a net baryon asymmetry which is in excellent agreement with the observed value. If any of these two conditions is violated, the final baryon asymmetry vanishes. The observed baryon asymmetry can be reproduced if the energy scale of inflation is around Hinf ~ 10^10 - 10^12 GeV with a moderate dependence on inflation model parameters.